- Museum number
Beadwork apron; consists of white ?glass beadwork panel sewn onto top half of piece of loose weave cotton. Panel made up of horizontal bands of repeated rows of five beads strung vertically; with single row of beads along top of each horizontal band joining vertical rows together. Each band overlaps. On panel are three motifs on three joined vertical stripes forming rectangle; two at top edge and one in centre. Rectangle at personal right in black, blue and green; on personal left in green, blue and black; and in centre in blue, black and green.
Cotton is in wide horizontal bands of deep mauve, with middle-sized bands in green and pale mauve, with thin bands in green, red and cream. Beaded around edge of un-beaded cotton strip, in same style as bands on top half, but in a single row. Edge beads are white apart from twelve coloured rows on each side: four blue, four black and four green on personal left; four dark blue, four black and four pale blue on personal right. Beadwork has gathered fabric slightly.
- Production date
- 1940s (or earlier)
Length: 59 centimetres
Width: 78 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Because of duplicate photos, Jolles catalogue is out of sequence: this object corresponds with the Jolles' collection number 235. Jolles notes is worn by girls before marriage. The beadwork sits at the back, with the black cloth pulled forward over head as hlonipha gesture at the wedding. Can be worn as a cloak from shoulders after marriage.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Items from the Jolles collection were on display in the BP Ethnography Showcase exhibition entitled 'Zulu Beadwork', which closed on 18 Jan 1998.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by Professor Jolles in 1989.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number